Malawi Olympic Team gets warm welcome in London

The  Malawi Olympic Team  was  Monday welcomed  in  a colourful  ceremony that took place  at  the  Olympic Village in  London .

Speaking to the players, Malawi’s Deputy High Commissioner John Tembo Jr wished the team good lucky  and the best of everything  in the  competition.

He encouraged the team to maintain the spirit of dedication  and oneness in order  to achieve their  goal.

Tembo Jr therefore applauded the community and staff of University of Gloucestershire  and Gloucestershire Consortium for the role they have played  in providing  all the necessities  to the Malawi athletes.

He said the Government of Malawi  commends  the unique  support  which  has been rendered  to  its  Olympic athletes, saying this  is  a clear  manifestation   of the cordial relationship that  exists  between  Gloucestershire University  and  the sports fraternity  in  Malawi.

The Malawi Olympic team enter the athletes' village displaying the Rising Sun flag, which was restored by President Joyce Banda, reversing Bingu wa Mutharika's design. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

The  Deputy High Commissioner added that  the team  was impressed  with  the warmth  and good  spirit accorded  to them   during  the month long training camp at Gloucester University. He said this shall always remain memorable   to the athletes.

In his  remarks  Professor  David   James, convenor of the  Gloucestershire Consortium  and  representative of the Gloucestershire University said it was a proud moment to host the Malawi team of athletes for a month training at the university campus.

Professor James said, “We delivered the Team to the Village knowing that we  have done everything possible to prepare them for the  competition.”

On this point he mentioned  that the athletes and coaches from Malawi made a lasting impression on Gloucestershire, saying they had been  exposed to numerous primary schools, sports clubs, and community  groups for practice.

In his welcoming speech, the  Mayor  of the  Olympic  Village , Sir Charles  Allen, told the Malawi team that they should  feel at home  and should  embrace the Olympic ethos of  one   world  enjoying  peace  and tranquillity, through interaction in sporting  events.

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